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Become a Wintertime Tree Detective!

Lacebark Elm, Ulmus parviflora

Lacebark Elm, Ulmus parviflora

Winter is a great time to explore and identify trees at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

Without leaves, deciduous trees can be tough to identify. However, with a little detective work one can identify trees by bark, seed pods, shape, leftover fruit, twigs, or bud arrangements. Using field guides, taking photos, and researching the internet can also be helpful in observing these features.

Here are some examples to get you started:

Kentucky coffeetree, Gymnocladus dioicus

Kentucky Coffeetree, Gymnocladus dioicus

European Hornbeam, Carpinus betulus "Globosa"

European Hornbeam, Carpinus betulus “Globosa”

Maidenhair Tree, Ginkgo biloba

Maidenhair Tree, Ginkgo biloba